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No date set for Jackson's funeral

Video by Rachel MARUSAK , Marion GAUDIN

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-30

Amid speculation over Michael Jackson's death, his family say the superstar's funeral will await a second autopsy. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, has been named temporary guardian of his three children.

AFP - Michael Jackson's family looked Monday to put on an elaborate "celebration" of the King of Pop's life but said the funeral would await an investigation into his death.
   
The Reverend Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader, met with the musical clan at their compound in Los Angeles to discuss holding an official event to mourn the music superstar who died last week aged 50.
   
Amid frenzied speculation about a possible global memorial service, Sharpton said the family wanted to honor both Jackson's superstar impact and his humble roots as the son of a steelworker in Gary, Indiana.
   
"It is the determination of the family to be careful and deliberate on how they plan his celebration of life because we're talking about a historic figure that really changed pop culture around the world," Sharpton told reporters.
   
"This is not something you do carelessly and spontaneously. You must also remember they are still grieving and in their grief determined to uphold his legacy," Sharpton said.
   
Sharpton said the family wanted the memorial to be dignified.
   
The Jackson family "gave the world a whole new glow, and they must be careful to protect that glow and not rush into something that may feed the media frenzy but not uphold the legacy of Michael Jackson," he said.
   
Family patriarch Joe Jackson, appearing with Sharpton, said that a funeral would wait for the results of a second autopsy.
   
"We're not ready for that yet because we're trying to wait on something else. We're searching to see what happened to Michael," the 79-year-old father said.
   
"We don't have the time frame yet because I want to see how this autopsy's coming out, you know? The second autopsy."
   
The Jackson family has voiced concerns about the circumstances surrounding the death of the singer, who collapsed and died on Thursday as he practiced for a 50-date comeback concert set in London next month.
   
Much of the focus has been on whether Jackson overdosed on painkillers or other prescription drugs, although the doctor who was with him when he died has denied any wrongdoing.
   
Joe Jackson had a troubled relationship with his son, who said he beat him as a child and emotionally humiliated him. Some Jackson fans have been furious at Joe Jackson for his seeming nonchalance when discussing his son's death.
   
But he said on Monday: "I wish that Michael could be here to see all this."

Date created : 2009-06-30

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